Posts Tagged ‘Trans-disciplinarity’

It is at least the third time I am confronted with this problem – submitting a proposal to a funder, being unsuccessful, and not being told why. Is my proposal flawed or is it simply addressing a topic that is less of a priority for them? And if it is flawed, is it because of […]

I have already mentioned our study ANAMIA, undertaken in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of sociologists, social psychologists, philosophers, economists, and computer scientists in France and the UK. We look at the so-called “pro-ana” and “pro-mia” websites, blogs and forums (where “ana” and “mia” stand for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa), which have raised lively […]

What does economics have to do with riots, some may think: isn’t economics all about markets, employment and inflation? Well, the answer is NO under many respects. It is no mere coincidence that a resurgence of mass protest has accompanied the recent financial turmoil and austerity measures in many countries – from anti-government demonstrations in […]

The rise of social media has brought a new life to the academic field of social network analysis (commonly referred to as SNA). Traditionally grounded in sociology with applications to neighbouring fields such as management and education, it has now expanded to a variety of other disciplines including economics, geography, psychology, science studies and even […]

Of all the economic bubbles … few have burst more spectacularly than the reputation of economics itself. So wrote The Economist in July 2009, commenting on the financial crisis. In the last few years, many have pointed their fingers at the discipline and its incapacity to predict the crisis, let alone to devise remedies for […]

I gave a one-day workshop on Introduction to Social Network Analysis  in July, and it was a great experience -for me and, from what I could see, for participants. I am now about to repeat the experience, and I’m so excited about it! Indeed, at the upcoming Winter School on Analytical Software at the University […]

The spectacular rise of online social networking services (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.) in recent years has brought social networks to the fore, and drawn massive attention to the field of study of social network analysis (SNA). Yet social networks have always existed and are in fact a constant of human experience  – whether in the […]

In the media and public opinion, economics is not immediately related to the personal, intimate sphere. Economics has to do with competition, inflation, unemployment, crisis. Or so the saying goes. However, a closer look reveals that the discipline has by and large moved away from its traditionally narrow focus to encompass a much wider range […]

Yesterday at the Southbank centre, I presented for the first time in public Uncivil Bodies, the project I am developing with my colleague and collaborator Caroline Smith. The event was “Endangered Species” -one of a series of workshops, held in five major world cities this month and organised by activist feminist groups around issues of […]

Uncivil Bodies


‘Uncivil Bodies: New Perspectives and Transdisciplinary Approaches to Eating Disorders’, is a transdisciplinary project about eating behaviours, eating disorders and how they are changing in response to today’s social, cultural, and economic transformations. It is the result of my collaboration with writer and performer Caroline Smith, a colleague at the University of Greenwich, whose practice-based […]


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